Strong winds are toppling power lines and trees, knocking out power to thousands of customers across southern New England.
The National Weather Service says parts of Massachusetts saw wind gusts over 50 miles per hour on Monday morning. It says the strongest winds are expected to arrive Monday afternoon in Massachusetts, Rhode Island and Connecticut.
More than 19,000 customers across Massachusetts were without power on Monday morning.
A high wind warning was in effect through Monday night for all of Massachusetts and most of New England.
“Damage to trees, power lines, and property are possible with winds of this magnitude,” meteorologists said. “Power outages are likely.”
The same storm system brought wind gusts over 70 mph across western New York on Sunday, toppling trees and power lines, forcing roads to close and leaving thousands of utility customers in the dark.
Earlier Monday, a series of snow squalls moved through the area bringing sudden slippery conditions and reduced visibility. Several crashes were reported.
The Buffalo News reported more than 71,000 utility customers in western New York lost power because of the storm.
Evacuations were underway in towns across the Buffalo area because the strong winds were causing large mounds of ice to build up along the lake shore.